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Hiking in the Trinity Alps

05.03.17

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  • Taking the first few steps into the Trinity Alps Wilderness.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • The lowest cascade of Canyon Creek Falls.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • One of the first great views looking back down the Canyon Creek watershed.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Clouds and mountains reflect in the Lower Canyon Creek Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Resident beaver at Canyon Creek Lake. Give these little fellas a wide berth.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Hiking in Canyon Creek Valley.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Falls are an abundant resource in the Trinities.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Fog rolls in over Canyon Creek Lakes.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Resting after a tough scramble to El Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Canyon Creek valley and lakes seen from the scramble to Kalmia Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Scrambling above Canyon Creek Lakes.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Complete view of Emerald and Sapphire Lakes from the ridge above Canyon Creek Lakes.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Looking down the Canyon Creek watershed. - Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • One of the many waterfalls along the Boulder Lakes Trail.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Beautiful reflections off one of the Boulder Creek Lakes.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Hiking under the forest canopy en route to Alpine Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Meadow below Alpine Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Alpine Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Sawtooth Ridge from Emerald Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Looking back on Emerald Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Cooling off after a long hike in the Trinity Alps.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Star trails at Sapphire Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Hiking down to Emerald Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Entering the Trinity Alps Wilderness.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Views west from near Stonewall Pass include Van Matre Meadows.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Echo Lake makes for a great swim. - Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Trail up Long Canyon.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • First views of Lake Anna.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Cooling off in Lake Anna.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Upper reaches of Long Canyon in the "Red Trinities."- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • The southwest view of the Red Trinities from Bee Tree Gap.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Deer Lake from Deer Creek Pass.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Summit Lake in the Red Trinities.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • A sheltered camping spot near Diamond Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Sunrise on the White Trinities from near Diamond Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Granite Lake. - Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Gibson Peak is visible from the Seven Up Pass Trail.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • View west from Seven Up Pass.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • View west from Seven Up Pass.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Looking toward Seven Up Pass from the south flank of Seven Up Peak. - Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Gibson Meadow just below Granite Lake. - Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Little Bear Lake reflections.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Wee Bear Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Hikers crossing Deadfall Creek. - Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Mount Eddy east of Upper Deadfall Lake.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Looking back at the Deadfall Lakes.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • The view southwest includes the Trinity Alps and Deadfall Lakes.- Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • Mount Shasta from the summit of Mount Eddy. - Hiking in the Trinity Alps
  • A Mount Eddy panorama. - Hiking in the Trinity Alps
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Anyone who has spent time in the relatively contained swath of Klamath Mountain stand-out peaks known as the Trinity Alps is well aware the range is a gem among gems. Rising between the Coast Range and the Shasta-Lassen stretch of the Cascades in northern California, the Trinities are a landscape of imposing rugged alpine, lush forested valleys, serene glacial lakes and plummeting cascading creeks. With a centerpiece of soaring granite ridgelines more reminiscent of the Sierra Nevada than surrounding mountains, the Trinities can seem almost out of place. Fortunately this is no illusion; the Trinity Alps is real and raw country. Comprised of sub-ranges referred to in their Red, White and Green clusterings, the names reflect the mix of igneous, granite and metamorphic geology thrusting upward here, along with the alp-like verdant forests that blanket the lower slopes and valleys. 

Considered a remote and rugged wilderness, the Trinity Alps offer prepared hikers recreational opportunities in a wonderland that is often overshadowed by the nearby Cascades and Sierra Nevada Mountains. Managed under the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, a network of maintained trails ascend steep watersheds up the likes of Canyon Creek, Stuart Fork, Swift Creek and Coffee Creek, yielding access to picturesque lakes and alpine basins. Where trails end, countless adventures await intrepid alpine ramblers among the 8,000- to 9,000-foot ridges.

To help you get acquainted with all that the Trinity Alps have to offer, we’ve organized a short list of some of our favorite hikes and backcountry excursions of the area below. If you do get bit by the Trinity bug and find yourself exploring there soon, please respect this unique and fragile ecosystem and practice Leave No Trace principles when out in the backcountry.

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